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Jeff Ireland is looking for playmakers

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Dolphins General Manager Jeff Ireland met the media at the Senior Bowl on Tuesday and made no attempt to cloak his intentions for the offseason.

“We’re looking for playmakers on offense. Look, we had two guys with over 60 catches (Brian Hartline and Davone Bess), but we’ve got to find guys that are scoring touchdowns,” Ireland said, via the Palm Beach Post. “This is the year that you got to do something. We’re in a very good position to utilize some of our cap space to bring in some veteran players on our football team, and we’re in a very good position to bring in some young players from a draft standpoint.”

The Dolphins scored 18 points per game in 2012, which ranked 27th in the NFL. It says good things about the defense that the Dolphins were able to win seven games with such limited offensive output, but the Dolphins clearly need to put more points on the board in the future. With five picks in the first three rounds and ample cap space, Ireland was right about the timing being right to make a big move. And he’s right to keep open every avenue to making that move.

Before they jump into the offseason fully, the Dolphins have some decisions to make about their own free agents. Ireland wouldn’t discuss specifics about Hartline, running back Reggie Bush, cornerback Sean Smith, defensive tackle Randy Starks or the team’s other free agents. He did say that the team and tackle Jake Long, another free agent-to-be, would both have to make “a very, very difficult decision” about continuing their relationship beyond this season.

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  1. qbofthenever says: Jan 22, 2013 3:48 PM

    I bet he’s glad the Phins got two third round picks for Brandon Marshall…because lord knows that Brandon Marshall cannot make any plays…I mean Marshall is certainly not a playmaker…he’s just awful, right? Right??

    Oops.

  2. cantonbound13 says: Jan 22, 2013 3:52 PM

    Playmakers like Pat White, Clyde Gates, Michael Egnew, & Patrick Turner? Or real playmakers like the ones he passed bye in the draft like Hakeem Nix, Dez Bryant, or Gronkowski.

  3. steelerben says: Jan 22, 2013 3:54 PM

    Mike Wallace to the Dolphins. Book it.

  4. drewisgooden says: Jan 22, 2013 3:55 PM

    We’ve been saying this for years. I’ll believe it when it happens.

  5. rethinklogic says: Jan 22, 2013 3:56 PM

    I heard Pat White wants to return the NFL

  6. dohpey28 says: Jan 22, 2013 3:58 PM

    As opposed to the rest of the league?

  7. eatitfanboy says: Jan 22, 2013 3:58 PM

    Tannehill is a pretty good athlete. I believe he started out as a wideout at A&M, no?

    Why not hire Chris Ault, who invented the pistol offense that RGIII, Kap, and Wilson ran a variation of this season, to bring in some of that stuff?

    Not saying that Tannehill is as good as those guys, but he certainly has the athleticism to give it a try.

  8. tahjay says: Jan 22, 2013 3:59 PM

    Ernest Wilford is still available and I’m sure he won’t cost you the $2,000,000/catch you paid him before.

  9. whoknowsnothing says: Jan 22, 2013 3:59 PM

    Victor Cruz and Mike Wallace are the right moves to make right now.

  10. jjb0811 says: Jan 22, 2013 3:59 PM

    The ‘phins were awesome when i was a kid, that was the 1980’s!

  11. bmorell says: Jan 22, 2013 4:00 PM

    There’s a novel concept nobody else in the NFL thought of ….. get playmakers…..DUH!

  12. rpiotr01 says: Jan 22, 2013 4:01 PM

    Greg Jennings, your new home.

  13. dolfan220 says: Jan 22, 2013 4:02 PM

    When B. Marshall was with the Dolphins he had hands of stone inside the red zone. He couldn’t catch a cold in the end zone during his time with us.
    Fin fan since 69

  14. notoriousjebus says: Jan 22, 2013 4:03 PM

    Looking for playmakers? You might want to keep that to yourself Mr. Ireland, you don’t want to be broadcasting this new and innovative strategy on player evaluation to all the other GM’s and coaches at the senior bowl.

  15. rockthered1286 says: Jan 22, 2013 4:08 PM

    I’ll make my early sleeper call here:

    Ed Reed to Miami as a FA signing. Baltimore can’t afford him and he MAY retire if they win it all this year, but if not, I can see him spending his final year(s) in Miami.

  16. rajbais says: Jan 22, 2013 4:10 PM

    Keep everyone except Sean Smith. Above average to good CBs aren’t worth big bucks.

    Plus, Bush is a little more dependable than Hartline and they haven’t taken the next step to be even a 3500 yard pass offense.

    Tannehill should be better than Sam Bradford next year, But he needs wide receivers who catch it when they are supposed to. This means that They need to catch it with a fewer number of targets. All they need is ability, but the Dolphins have not won a game with 31 or more passing attempts with Ryan Tannehill.

    They just have to do things that they are natural act and not try to go too far.

    This is a running football team, but they still seem to be better in the passing game.

  17. hdahs143 says: Jan 22, 2013 4:10 PM

    Yeah Marshall is just great. Did Miami win anymore games during his tenure in Miami. Nope.

    Did he publicly roll 2 QB’s under the bus in Miami? Yep

    Did he just have another hip surgery? Yep

    How did Chicago do in the playoffs? Oh wait….

    Good riddance

  18. aberystwyth2 says: Jan 22, 2013 4:12 PM

    dwayne Bowe to the Doplphins

  19. stevemo says: Jan 22, 2013 4:13 PM

    qbofthenever says: Jan 22, 2013 3:48 PM

    I bet he’s glad the Phins got two third round picks for Brandon Marshall…because lord knows that Brandon Marshall cannot make any plays…I mean Marshall is certainly not a playmaker…he’s just awful, right? Right??

    Oops.
    ———–
    It’s funny how people bright this up like Marshall was dumped because they didn’t think he was a productive player. He didn’t fit with what Philbin envisioned for the offense (ie: he doesn’t seem to want people making a fuss over getting the ball). He was also involved in another Night Club fiasco, what, the day before?

  20. gmen0820 says: Jan 22, 2013 4:13 PM

    I hope Ireland doesn’t get the axe. Tannehill is gonna be an exceptional QB in the future. As soon as the Fins get him any kind of talent, he’ll be excellent. Jennings, for one, would be a rock solid pickup.

  21. finsphan says: Jan 22, 2013 4:16 PM

    love how the geniuses who write comments always seem to pick out the players that didn’t pan out because every player picked in the draft is going to be great except the ones the dolphins pick. oh yea, and the dolphins were the only ones who passed on all those great players like nicks and gronk. there is a reason those players were passed by all other teams, easy to talk trash about who we didn’t pick when those players turn out to be good, but I bet when your team drafted them you were screaming and booing. just genius level of football knowledge for the people who leave comments. makes me laugh, keep it up smart guys

  22. thewizardofbs says: Jan 22, 2013 4:18 PM

    The best playmaker the Fins can get is a GM that knows talent so they can have a good draft for a change.

  23. nyfcat says: Jan 22, 2013 4:22 PM

    The Dolphins traded Brandon Marshall because they wanted him nowhere around Tannehill while he was developing – and I agree with the move. Ireland REFUSED to overpay FA WR’s last off-season (Garcon, Meachem, Morgan, etc.) because he knew there would be better options this year.

  24. finzd54 says: Jan 22, 2013 4:28 PM

    If Hartline can go for over 1,000 yards, imagine what Jennings, Bowe, Wallace, or even Cruz can do. And as far as Marshall goes, it’s been we’ll documented that he plays when HE wants and catches passes when HE wants. His history in Denver and Miami point that out. Of course he’s gonna behave in Chicago with his binky Cutler there. But fear not-it’s only a matter of time before the prima donna acts out again, and gets into trouble. It’s as predictable as the four seasons in the Northeast!!

  25. bigwii says: Jan 22, 2013 4:29 PM

    Jermichael Finley and Greg Jennings should go there and reunite with Philbin makes sense for both of them and the Packers can just draft more receivers like they always do

  26. canehouse says: Jan 22, 2013 4:38 PM

    Ireland has proven to be a complete jerk… Ref. Dez Bryant pre-draft inquiry. A lot of players don’t care for him. This will be his last draft for the Dolphins.

  27. finsphan says: Jan 22, 2013 4:43 PM

    if tanne had the team that Wilson has they would be just as successful. funny how Wilson’s numbers mirror Alex Smith’s numbers, low yardage, safe phases, run/defense based team, but Alex is a game manager and Wilson is the next best thing, but that’s just the color of the skin, unfortunately or society judges players skill based off their color. tanne and luck had the least amount of talent of all the rookies this year and still showed improvement and poise every game. they are all good rookie qb’s, great future for all of them, but people sell tanne short because he didn’t have the numbers. sad that people don’t watch the games anymore, just the fantasy.

  28. gmen0820 says: Jan 22, 2013 4:45 PM

    Hey if you Dolphin fans want Cruz, you’re gonna have to fork over your first.

  29. august1969 says: Jan 22, 2013 4:52 PM

    Nicks and Gronk didn’t help their clubs much down the stretch

  30. tahjay says: Jan 22, 2013 5:02 PM

    finsphan says:
    Jan 22, 2013 4:16 PM
    love how the geniuses who write comments always seem to pick out the players that didn’t pan out because every player picked in the draft is going to be great except the ones the dolphins pick. oh yea, and the dolphins were the only ones who passed on all those great players like nicks and gronk. there is a reason those players were passed by all other teams, easy to talk trash about who we didn’t pick when those players turn out to be good, but I bet when your team drafted them you were screaming and booing. just genius level of football knowledge for the people who leave comments. makes me laugh, keep it up smart guys

    —————————

    If people are so wrong for bringing up all the bad picks please counter by bringing up some good ones.

    Do you really trust Jeff Ireland? Or is that hope creeping in?

  31. tahjay says: Jan 22, 2013 5:10 PM

    august1969 says:
    Jan 22, 2013 4:52 PM
    Nicks and Gronk didn’t help their clubs much down the stretch
    ————-

    So you’re saying neither are very good?

    I’m pretty sure just last year both led their teams to the Super Bowl.

    I wish you were GM of the Patriots. What would you take for Gronk, since he brings no value to his team?

  32. eatitfanboy says: Jan 22, 2013 5:26 PM

    To clarify, I didn’t mean bring in Chris Ault as coach, I know they already have one. I meant as an assistant or consultant on the offensive side of the ball to help install a version of the pistol offense that could help Tannehill best use his athleticism.

    Geez with the thumb’s down already.

  33. Sometimes Interesting says: Jan 22, 2013 5:28 PM

    The problem is Jeff Ireland has never drafted a playmaker in 5 years with the Dolphins and countless picks spent.

    Pardon me for being skeptical, but what makes people think he’ll start now?

  34. sclazo says: Jan 22, 2013 5:45 PM

    Name me one GM that has hot 100% in the draft. The fact is Ireland had a very good draft last year. When you find 3-4 ayers in a draft that’s a good draft.
    No GM in the history of tue NFL hits 100% in the draft they don’t even hit 50%. Dez Bryant is still and issue in Dallas. With only one 1k yard season. Hell Hartline did that. Everyone knows Marshall was a polarising figure in the locker room. That’s why PHILBIN wanted him gone. Ireland got what he could or else Marshall would’ve been released. Now quit crying and watch the off season develope.

  35. vicnocal says: Jan 22, 2013 6:05 PM

    I think Devin Hester will end up here.

  36. sfgamblers says: Jan 22, 2013 6:07 PM

    He should find a big time play-maker and replace the GM.

  37. igotgamenj says: Jan 22, 2013 6:51 PM

    Miami’s Starting WR’S for 2013 Greg Jennings, Keenan Allen or Cordarrelle Patterson, Davone Bess,Brian Hartline…

  38. spfripp says: Jan 22, 2013 6:58 PM

    The only guy I would make any kind of real attempt of resigning is Hartline. He is a clear cut number 2 WR and would be a great compliment to Jennings or Wallace. As for the rest I would resign them if the price was right.

    I know a lot of people were saying we must resign Bush but the problem with Bush is he can’t get those hard to earn yards. If you watch him run he feels his way through a hole and if there is a opening he will break it for a good gain. The thing is if there is no opening like there were none in the last Pats game he is unable to plow his way for another three yards. We need a guy who can run like Ray Rice or Mike Turner.

    I would like to see Miami sign Talib. I know it probably will not happen but I think the way the Ravens defense played the Pats and Broncos is going to catch on. Having a physical corner like Talib would help wear down opposing WRs.

  39. vaphinfan says: Jan 22, 2013 7:01 PM

    Franchise tag Long. I know he had a bad year but im skeptic to let someone with talent walk at the LT spot. Bring back hartline if price is right and get D. Bowe. Let R Bush walk and draft a rb, cb (maybe 2), Ilb, rg, and maybe another wr depending if they think hartline can be a solid #2. Not sure if the rb from oregon is coming out but it would be nice to have speed like that. Bring back R. Starks too. Lot easier said than done though.

  40. infinitig says: Jan 22, 2013 7:06 PM

    dolfan220 says:Jan 22, 2013 4:02 PM

    When B. Marshall was with the Dolphins he had hands of stone inside the red zone. He couldn’t catch a cold in the end zone during his time with us.
    Fin fan since 69

    He was tied for 2nd this year also with 10 drops with Victor Cruz, Calvin Johnson, and Demaryius Thomas. The Bears should offer two third round draft choices for Victor Cruz, Calvin Johnson or Demaryius Thomas and see if they could get one of those guys. Also Jimmy Graham the TE for New Orleans led the league with 13 and I am sure they are ready to dump him for maybe a couple of fourth rounders.

  41. finsphan says: Jan 22, 2013 8:11 PM

    Jake long-4 time pro bowler,Jared odrick very solid, mike pouncy, best center in league, reshad Jones, breakout year, Paul soali, would start for every other team, Charles clay showed he is a matchup nightmare when used, vonte Davis, top 10 cb past few years. to name a few good picks. I trust the direction of the team more now that philbin is there too. and dez is more trouble than he is worth right now, If he cleans up his act then ok, but so far Ireland was right about him and his personnel life disrupting a team.

  42. Sometimes Interesting says: Jan 23, 2013 5:42 PM

    “finsphan says:
    Jan 22, 2013 8:11 PM
    Jake long-4 time pro bowler,Jared odrick very solid, mike pouncy, best center in league, reshad Jones, breakout year, Paul soali, would start for every other team, Charles clay showed he is a matchup nightmare when used, vonte Davis, top 10 cb past few years. to name a few good picks.”

    None of those guys are playmakers.

    You can be a good player and not be a playmaker, i.e. Jake Long, Pouncey, Jones.

    Ireland can draft good players. He doesn’t draft playmakers.

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